Tired of Blaming Video Games

Are people ever going to stop blaming video games for murder sprees?

I’m getting a little bit tired of these sorts of articles, not just as a person who plays video games but as a person who has more sense than a brain-damaged turnip.

First of all, let’s look at the headline. “Norwegian killer used computer wargames to plan attack.” Which “wargames” did he use? Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and World of Warcraft.

World of Warcraft is not a wargame. It’s a MMORPG. While there are a few large-scale battlegrounds, you’re not going to learn a whole lot of strategy that applies to the real world by playing them unless you can cast magic spells in real life. (Hint: You can’t.)

At least this particular article doesn’t actually go so far as to blame the video games for the killer’s obvious mental issues.

An important point here is that correlation doesn’t equal causation. I don’t know if a lot of murderers play video games or not.

I do know that a lot of murderers wear pants.

Hey, maybe that merits an article.

I already have a headline for it.

Norwegian killer wore pants during attack.

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